Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Manga Review: Manga Dogs, Volume 3, by Ema Toyama

Rating (Out of 5): ~4
Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Release Date: February 17, 2015
Volumes: 3
Spoilers?: No.
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Volume: 1. 2.

Goodreads Synopsis:

END OF THE LINE Teenage manga artist Kanna Tezuka's series about a high school for Buddhist statues is facing cancelation! Meanwhile, the manga course that's given her so much free time to draw at school is under threat from a principal taken with the next big thing: light novels! Their teacher's solution to this existential crisis is an inspiring field trip, but will it be enough to get these dogs to start drawing at last?!  A sharp-witted satire of the manga world from the creator of I Am Here! and Missions of Love!


I will admit to being a little disappointed about the lack of romance in this series. I wanted more, but I’m not surprised. There were possibilities, but no real hints.
This is mostly comedy, and it’s good comedy. The group deal with possible cancelation of both Kanna’s manga and their class, they have a contest, they have a school festival, they help a potential student (badly), the boys try to motivate Kanna. A lot of hilarity, with the boys being absolutely useless, pretty much.
There wasn’t really an ongoing plot line here for there to be a conclusion, but I think it ends pretty well nonetheless. The artwork is gorgeous, of course. The characters are hilarious, and I did enjoy all of them. And really, you’re reading this for the comedy, the parody of being a mangaka (or trying to), because that’s what this is about, and it’s done really well.
Overall a very enjoyable series by Toyama. I hope more of her series are picked up, and continue to enjoy Missions of Love.

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